Tubal Ligation is a form of birth control that is intended to be permanent. Although sometimes confused with a hysterectomy, this is a completely different procedure. While a hysterectomy removes part or all of the uterus, a tubal ligation either blocks or cuts the fallopian tubes. This prevents the woman’s eggs from coming into contact with sperm, effectively preventing pregnancy. It does not affect the woman’s menstruation or ovulation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Tubal Ligation?
As stated, this is intended to permanently prevent a woman from conceiving a child. Although they can sometimes be reversed, a woman should not get this done unless she is positive she does not want a child (or more children). For some women, this procedure is necessary for their health because becoming pregnant would actually be dangerous for them. Having a this procedure done may actually reduce your risk for developing ovarian cancer, especially if you elect to have your fallopian tubes removed.
When Can Tubal Ligation Be Done?
This procedure is often decided on during a pregnancy if the woman is sure she will want no more children down the line. Assuming the birth goes smoothly and with no complications, the surgery can be done shortly after. Otherwise, a tubal ligation is scheduled as a separate procedure. If you have not just given birth, you will be asked to take a pregnancy test before just before surgery.
Your precise recovery procedure will depend on the exact type of surgery done and other factors, it will likely be a short process. If you would like to learn more about tubal ligation and discuss if you are a good candidate to have one done, why not visit the office of Dr. Joseph Thomas? We are conveniently located in Chicago, IL. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!